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If the new contract is dangerous, monitor and gather the evidence

The news that the BMA has suspended (sic) the proposed series of five day strikes is to be welcomed unreservedly. These would undoubtedly have caused re...

“NHS needs investment to modernise, not the disinvestment currently being imposed”

An RCP report was released this week suggesting the NHS is under-funded, under-doctored and over-stretched. Here's the reaction:  Dr Johnny Marshall, D...

Most juniors are going to find a five-day strike unacceptable and unethical

This nation, like much of the West, has largely abandoned and indeed trashed our Judeo-Christian heritage. This started in the Victorian era, and has re...

To run a successful private practice, you’ve got to be comfortable with making money

One of the biggest problems with private practice is that right from the beginning it’s a fight. And the worst thing about that fight is that it’s a...

The Letter: “Hunt cherrypicked research, damaging trust between government and doctors”

The following letter appeared in The Guardian: We call on Theresa May to act in the public’s interest and take immediate action over freshly disputed...

“No evidence which suggests healthcare staff in the UK are not reporting FGM”

The following is a response to the Home Affairs Committee report on FGM. It says the duty on frontline professionals to report incidences of FGM must be en...

Older people: “This sobering report highlights the perilous state of our social care services”

A high profile report has revealed that the under funding of social care is leaving older people without adequate support, and suggests reform is needed. ...

Time for NHS leaders to stand up and help resolve juniors’ contract dispute

Enough. Just enough. This has now gone on far too long. I am, of course, talking about the whole junior doctor fracas. I am going to use this blog to ur...

“Action must be taken to address demand and relieve pressure on A&Es”

Attendances are up again on the previous year and it is evident that the system is in crisis - the pressures departments usually experience in winter are n...

The patient view: government and BMA must resume discussions

We urge the BMA and Department of Health to meet urgently and participate in meaningful and sincere negotiations in order to resolve this impasse. It is...

Declaring a five day strike at 10-days notice has ceded the moral high ground

I’m currently experiencing something akin to a mourning process for the junior doctors’ dispute. Over recent months they have patiently built up the ca...